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Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency, Fourth Edition
NHTSA’s overall budget is about $840 million; the budget for the National Center for Statistics and Analysis was about $36 million in 2008 and will decrease to about $28 million in 2009 with the completion of the NMVCCS. The National Automotive Sampling System’s budget is about $12 million.
National Resources Inventory (NRI)—The NRI is a statistical program of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in the Department of Agriculture. The current NRI is a longitudinal survey of soil, water, and related environmental resources designed to assess conditions and trends on non-federal U.S. land parcels. NRCS has conducted the NRI in cooperation with the Iowa State University Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology since 1977. The NRI was conducted on a 5-year cycle during the period 1982 to 1997 but beginning in 2000 is now conducted annually. NRI data were collected every 5 years for 800,000 sample sites; annual NRI data collection occurs at slightly less than 25 percent of these same sample sites. Data collected on conditions for the same sites year by year enable analysis of the effects of resource conservation programs and other applications. The NRI is a small but valuable component of NRCS’s budget of about $800 million.
National Survey on Drug Use & Health (NSDUH)—NSDUH is a continuing survey of the Office of Applied Studies (OAS) in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It is the nation’s primary data system for collecting data on the incidence and prevalence of substance abuse and adverse health consequences associated with drug abuse from the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States ages 12 and older. NSDUH (formerly called the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse) was fielded periodically from 1972 to 1990 and annually beginning in 1991. The completed sample size each year is about 67,500 people, with oversampling of teenagers and young adults; data collection is by a private contractor. The budget for statistical activities of SAMHSA, which includes not only NSDUH, but also the Drug and Alcohol Services Information System and its associated surveys (the primary data source for information on the nation’s treatment system and outcomes), the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) (a public health surveillance system, which monitors drug-related visits to hospital emergency departments, as well as drug-related deaths investigated by medical